Just a short note. Since I often try new distributions, I finally came up with a way to not lose my data. I use the LVM (Logical volume management) which never gets formatted (unless I do something really dum). The problem with restoring files to /home/rose is that the settings files (the ones after a dot) are also there. Now, when I reinstall, I create soft links (ln -s) to files in the LVM which are always there. These are Documents, Pictures, etc.
The concept of the LVM is a little strange, but there are some simple commands that always tell you what the setup is. I have notes written in long hand.
This entry is very choppy but I am trying to record what I have done here.